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Oregon Historical Society Unveils New 7,000 Square Foot Permanent Exhibit, Experience Oregon, February 14

February 4, 2019

Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable that there is something special about this state. From its varied geography to its innovative legislation, Oregon is complex and distinctive, filled with people whose stories are the foundation of the state we see today.

Meet Over 90 Local Authors at 51st Annual Holiday Cheer Book Sale & Signing

November 27, 2018

Come support a local holiday tradition at the Oregon Historical Society’s 51st annual Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration this Sunday, December 2! Meet over 90 authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibits.

Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer debuts at the Oregon Historical Society October 26

October 19, 2018

The history of beer in Oregon and the passion Oregonians hold for brewing extends back over two hundred years. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the nineteenth century European immigrants who established Oregon’s first breweries to the craft brewery revolution centered here today, this delicious hoppy beverage has been a cornerstone of Oregon’s agriculture and economy. Opening at the Oregon Historical Society on October 26, Barley, Barrels, Bottles, & Brews: 200 Years of Oregon Beer profiles the people, companies, and legislation that have made Oregon the innovative center of craft brewing that it is today.

Teddy Roosevelt Historical Tribute Tour Returns to Oregon October 15 – 19, 2018

October 9, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt’s Oregon Roadshow, a week-long performance tour by historical recreator Joe Wiegand, returns Oct. 15-19 to Oregon. The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Wells Fargo sponsor this annual event, now in its sixth year. Wiegand has entertained and educated people of all ages as he traversed thousands of miles throughout the state. This year he will perform at schools, theatres, and museums in Corvallis, Beaverton, Astoria, Portland, and Springfield. Visit to view the complete schedule. Portlanders can see “Teddy” at a special performance on Monday, October 15, at 7pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

See if you have treasure buried in your closet at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual What’s It Worth? event

August 22, 2018

It is time to fish out your family heirlooms and see if they could be worth a fortune! Local experts will be examining and estimating the value of your art, jewelry, antiques, and more at the Oregon Historical Society’s annual event, What’s It Worth? This Sunday, August 26, from 12pm to 4pm, you could discover if your sentimental knick-knack is actually a valuable collectible! Admission to the event is free, and each item evaluation is $10 (evaluation tickets will be available on Sunday until 3:30pm). All proceeds raised from this special event support the Oregon Historical Society’s mission.

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Oregon Historical Society: Experience Oregon Permanent Exhibit

February 14, 2019

KATU. February 14th is Oregon’s birthday -- so it's fitting Oregon Historical Society unveils its brand new permanent Experience Oregon exhibit today. Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of Oregon Historical Society, stopped by to tell us all about it.

‘Experience Oregon’ launches on state’s 160th birthday, showcasing ‘good, bad and ugly’ of region’s history

February 14, 2019

By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Oregon was on the edge. Would rock ’n’ roll save it?” The question -- offered up in a cartoon video game that recreates 1970’s Vortex I, the one-of-a-kind, state-sponsored, anti-war rock festival -- is one of the cheekier ones posed in the Oregon Historical Society’s new, $4-million “Experience Oregon” exhibit. The ambitious, 7,000-square-foot permanent installation opens Thursday, Oregon’s 160th birthday. It replaces the beloved “Oregon, My Oregon” exhibit, which had a 14-year run at the museum before closing last year.

An unvarnished look at state history

February 13, 2019

By Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune. The most important permanent exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society — the history of our state, "Experience Oregon" — opens Thursday, Feb. 14, Oregon's 160th birthday, with much fanfare. Throughout the 7,000 square feet of exhibition space, the display pays tribute to first-inhabitant Native Americans, maybe the most crucial aspect organizers want to relate to visitors. "We have a close relationship with nine tribes in Oregon to make sure we're telling their story correctly," says Kerry Tymchuk, OHS executive director. Indeed, it's not just about white people who traversed the Oregon Trail and settled on the land once explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. "We work closely with every ethnic population in Oregon," Tymchuk says. "We want all Oregonians to find their story in the exhibit. Our job at the Oregon Historical Society is not to be the tourism bureau, we're here to tell the good, bad and ugly of Oregon, and there's been an ugly history in Oregon with relationship with minorities. We don't varnish the story, it's told accurately."

What's On: The Cuberis Podcast. Episode 11: Jay Cosnett and Erin Brasell of Oregon Historical Society

January 25, 2019

By Nick Faber, Cuberis. My guests today are Jay Cosnett and Erin Brasell from the Oregon Historical Society, and they’re talking with me about their recently-launched blog, Dear Oregon.

'Nazis marched through Portland and the city threw them a party': OHS on 1936 Nazi port of call

January 23, 2019

By Douglas Perry, Oregonian/OregonLive. World War II often is referred to as the "Good War" in American popular culture, and for obvious reasons. The heroes and the villains in the world-changing conflict were unmistakable, and we fell into the former camp. In the run-up to the U.S.'s 1941 entry to the war, however, the righteousness of anti-Nazi Americans wasn't evident to everyone in the country. Want an example? Silvie Andrews at The Oregon Historical Society has published a blog post about "the week that Nazis marched through Portland and the city threw them a party." The impetus for the march and celebration: The German navy ship Kreuzer Emden paid a call on the city in January 1936.

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Oregon Historical Society Logos

The following logos are available for OHS partners to download and use in promotional materials that have been approved through the OHS Marketing Department. The Oregon Historical Society horizontal logo is preferred in marketing materials, but the vertical logo can be used when necessary to fit within a particular layout.

OHS logos with black and white typefaces are both available. The black typeface should be used on materials with a white or light colored background. The white typeface should be used on materials with a black or dark colored background. The OHS logo includes both the gold Peace Medal emblem as well as the printed typeface and should never be applied separately from each other. The OHS logo should never be printed with a white or colored box surrounding it, and the full color logo should always be used unless prior permission has been received from the OHS Marketing Department to use a black and white version of the logo.

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All of these logos can be downloaded in the following zip archive:

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For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

For an expanded biography on OHS, please visit our About Us page.

For more information or additional materials, please contact:

Rachel Randles
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